East Lansing, MI – The city of East Lansing is hosting a public forum on its proposed 2011 budget tonight. The event is one of the last opportunities for public input before the city enacts a new spending plan on July 1.
East Lansing officials have been meeting with residents since February in an effort to explain the city's financial picture. By shedding $2 million from its current budget, the city scaled back community events and reduced police and fire staffing.
A high-ranking Obama administration official visited the Lansing Center on Wednesday. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says federal Neighborhood Stabilization Project money is revitalizing blighted city neighborhoods in Lansing and around the state.
"This isn't just a house at a time," he says. "The scale of the investment is going to allow, where necessary, re-thinking entire neighborhoods and really restarting their economies, not just restarting their housing."
A new economic development plan is looking at arts and culture to help improve the mid-Michigan economy. The cultural economic development plan for greater Lansing could make the region a more attractive place for creative enterprise.